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Olukayode Ariwoola: 11 Things To Know About Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria

Olukayode Ariwoola: 11 Things To Know About Acting Chief Jus

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola in hand shake with President Buhari at his swearing in as acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria

Barely 24-hours after Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad tendered his resignition, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

AllNews Nigeria reports that Ariwoola, who is the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court was sworn in on Monday at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad resigned his appointment on health grounds, however, controversy still surrounds his resigntion.

Things To Know About Acting Chief Justice

  • Born to the family of Ariwoola of Iseyin in the sixties, Justice Ariwoola arrived on August 22. His educational career commenced in his home town Iseyin at the Local Authority Demonstration School, Oluwole in Iseyin Local government of Oyo State between 1959 and 1967.
  • Between 1968 and 1969, he was in the Muslim Modern School in Iseyin before subsequently proceeding to Ansar-Ud-Deen High School, Saki in Oyo North of Oyo State.
  • He studied Law at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife where he obtained his degree with honours in July 1980.
  • In July 1981, he was called to the Nigeria bar and later got enrolled at the Supreme Court of Nigeria as a Solicitor and Advocate.
  • He worked at the Ministry of Justice in Ondo State as the State Counsel on National Youth Service (NYSC) and later as Legal Officer in the Ministry of Justice in Oyo State until 1988 when he voluntarily left the official bar of the State Civil Service for private practice.
  • He was a Counsel in-Chambers of Chief Ladosu Ladapo, SAN between October, 1988 and July 1989 when he established Olukayode Ariwoola & Co, a firm of legal practitioners and consultants in Oyo town in August, 1989 from where he was appointed as a Judge of Oyo State Judiciary in November, 1992.
  • Justice Ariwoola served as Chairman, Board of Directors at Phonex Motors Ltd, one of Oodua Investment conglomerate between 1988 and 1992.
  • He was sworn in as a Judge of the High Court on November 2, 1992, and on November 22, 2005, he was sworn in as a Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA).
  • On November 22, 2011, he was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (JSC). Between May 1993 and September 1996,  he was Chairman, Armed Robbery Tribunal, Oyo State and was later posted out of the headquarters, Ibadan to Saki High Court.
  • Justice Ariwoola served on the Election Tribunals in Zamfara and Enugu States in 1999 and Appeal Courts in Port Harcourt, Enugu, Benin, Yola and Ilorin at various times.
  • He is also a fellow of International Dispute Resolution Institute (FIDRI) following his induction in Dubai, U.A.E in 2014. He has attended several International and National conferences and workshops in France, Atlanta Georgia, UK and Dubai, UAE.


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